This year David J, legendary member of Bauhaus and Love and Rockets and solo artist, turned 60 years old. To celebrate, David's friend/manager/collaborator Darwin Meiners, a talented musician in his own right, asked many of David's musician friends to record covers of J's songs from throughout his incredible career. Darwin compiled the recordings onto an (ultra) limited CD set, titled Kanreki, that he presented to David. Darwin's contribution was this fantastically gorgeous cover of my favorite Love and Rockets' b-side, "Holiday on the Moon," from 1986. The song's lunar theme is especially appropriate for a 60th birthday gift, as David explains:
"Kanreki is the celebration of a person's 60th birthday which is a big deal in Japan as, according to the lunar calendar, it takes 60 years for a person to finish a cycle on this earth. In a 60-year cycle the honoree has gone five times around the twelve animal years of the Chinese zodiac. It marks a person's rebirth and return to second childhood. The cycle of life returns to the beginning."
Happy birthday, David J!
(backing vocals by Julian Shaw-Tayler; video by John Thompson)
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Happy 117th birthday to Emma Morano of Verbenia, Italy! Morano is the oldest person on Earth and the last living individual born in the 19th century. From the BBC:
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Ms Morano's longevity, she admits, is partly down to genetics - her mother reached 91 and several sisters reached their centenary - and partly, she says, down to a rather unusual diet of three eggs - two raw - each day for more than 90 years.
It was a regime she took up as a young woman, after the doctor diagnosed her with anaemia shortly after World War One.
These days, she has cut down to just two eggs a day, and a few biscuits.
Today, we celebrate Arnold Schwarzenegger's 67th birthday with our own Rob Beschizza's classic "Infinite Schwarzenegger 'Gear Up' Scene." Read the rest
Do the animals understand that it's their birthday? How, precisely, does one celebrate an animal's birthday?
Today, when almost every major city in America has a science museum with hands-on, interactive exhibits, that particular format of education seems pretty obvious. But it wasn't always.
In 1969, Frank Oppenheimer opened the Exploratorium, the first American museum to use these now-familiar educational tools. The experiment was sort of a combination of the skills Oppenheimer had learned as a high school science teacher (he spent several years teaching school after being blackballed from research science due to Red Scare paranoia) and what he saw happening in European science museums of the time.
Oppenheimer would have turned 100 years old today. Celebrate with this video, where he explains the ideas that led to the creation of the Exploratorium. It's a fascinating look at the once-revolutionary origins of a paradigm that was so successful, we now take it completely for granted.
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